Dear St. John’s Community,
Like all churches this year, we are faced with reimagining how to hold our annual meeting so that it can be done virtually. We will review what we have achieved during this remarkable past year, and we will look to where we are heading in the months and years ahead. We will of course also present the budget for 2021 and vote on new vestry members.
Because the technology is relatively well-known to most, we have opted to do the meeting via Zoom, and it will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 7, 2021.
Information will be made available in the next few days for how to sign-up and attend.
We will conduct our vestry election at the meeting using Zoom’s voting functionality. We have already done some testing in order to have all the kinks worked out in time. This method is fairly simple and easy to use, and it allows votes to be made anonymously. Separate voting instructions will be provided to those who do not have access to the technology.
For households with more than one voter, you will have two ways of doing this. You may either log into the meeting from multiple devices, so that there is one for each voter. Or, you may log out and re-log in for each additional voter in your household when it is time to vote. Either way it will be important that you register separately for each person who intends to vote. We will allow the time for this to take place during the vote portion of the meeting.
Following our bylaws, it is important that only eligible voters vote. We will not be policing this, but simply ask that you act in good faith, only voting if you are in fact eligible. (The bylaws state that eligible voters are members of the church 16 years of age or older, who have been with the church at least three months, who are baptized and who have their information on file with us, and who “support” the church either by pledge or participation.)
We have six candidates for the three new vestry seats.
There will also be three up-or-down votes, which include the votes for Sr. Warden and Jr. Warden, and for one vestry member who was appointed mid-year to complete the term of a vestry member whose role changed.
You may read about all candidates here
On Sunday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m. we will have a time for vestry candidates to make their presentations to the parish, which will also take place via Zoom.
We will provide more details for registering and participating in the days ahead. If you have any questions, please contact me
, or Director of Operations Kim Carlson.